Todd Frazier staying close to home, signs 2-year deal with Mets

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Born in Point Pleasant and raised in Toms River, the New Jersey native first caught our attention by helping lead the Toms River East American Little League All-Star team to the 1998 Little League World Series. However, he would set a career-low in hitting with a.225 average in a 158 games. In 81 games, the White Sox slugger only managed to hit 16 home runs while driving in just 44 runs, and hitting a paltry.207. A week away from his 32nd birthday, Frazier batted.213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI for the White Sox and Yankees last season.

In 2017, Frazier would get off to one of the worst starts of his career.

Frazier, who turns 32 on February 12, had hinted on Twitter Sunday the Mets were his likely destination. The fact that the Mets signed a third baseman means they don't have high hopes for David Wright contributing in 2018.

Even if Wright is able to play this season, he will only be able to play part time.

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Frazier, a two-time All-Star, is surehanded at third base, and his fielding saved about 10 extra runs over an average fielder previous year, according to Baseball Reference.

Todd Frazier is coming back to NY - but without the Yankees pinstripes this time. Cabrera likely will shift to second base, with Amed Rosario at shortstop. That leaves both Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes to play utility roles, giving the Mets a considerable amount of infield depth.

Frazier joins Jay Bruce as two major cogs to be added to the Mets' lineup this winter. Frazier may not be an all-star, but he should provide the Mets with steady and reliable production at the hot corner, not to mention another veteran leader in the locker room. The deal is worth $17 million, according to reports.